February is a certified lover’s month for most of us. In my world, it’s the month for puffy gowns and pink skirts. It’s absolutely the month when new and old clients visit my shop for repairs or adjustments. By this time, my secretary is well-informed that I won’t accept prom projects. I don’t like rejecting clients. At the same time, I dislike working on a project in short notice. However, there are exceptional cases.
I received a call from a sorority sister last night. She asked me to do the prom dress of her youngest sister. I couldn’t say no to her request after all what we’ve been through in college. I’ve seen her sister once or twice. She has a plain face, fair skin, and skinny body tone. I remember that she used to join the basketball team in high school. I’ve seen her with shorts and shirts only. According to my friend, her sister didn’t change that much. I decided to accept the project not only because we’re sorority sister. Also, I realized how exciting this project is for me. I see this as a challenge because I only have few days to work on it. I only have 15 days for the design, sewing, fitting, and adjustments. Right after the phone call with my colleague, I started sketching.
In designing a dress, it is important to know the client. Aside from the basic measurements, a designer should consider the client’s personality and taste. The design should not only suit the client’s figure. The design should also match her attitude. Aubrey is the name of my friend’s sister. As I’ve mentioned, Aubrey is quite simple. I chose red as the color of her dress. I’ll be doing a long plain ball gown. I’ll put on some red gemstones on the lining of her tube. I’m still thinking about how heavy the fabric should be. The drawing is only a draft. I still need to meet up with Aubrey for the finalization of the design. We have an appointment scheduled tomorrow. I am thrilled to see her and hear her opinion on the design.